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Excavator Cutting the Parking Lot

DAY #561

16 Volunteers
4 Contract Grinders
1 Contract Carpenter
4 Contract Electricians
1 Contract Excavator
1 Construction Consultant
1 Call from El Viejo
1 Mud Rat

In my humble opinion, the entire story today revolves around Myles Knebel in particular and Mark Doonan and Jake Walsh in general. The excavator dug the trench for the new underground electrical cable, and in the process an old stormwater feeder line drain pipe was disrupted. The day was spent digging down in a trench that was shoulder high and extremely narrow. Try maneuvering a pick axe and shovel and bucket and siphon and yourself in such a space. Keep in mind that the temperature hovered near freezing and there was snow, rain, and sleet throughout the day. In other words, outdoor working conditions were beyond unpleasant. Those digging in the narrow space stood in water for several hours and their clothes were soaked with slimy mud. Those watching had hunched shoulders and hands in their pockets trying to stay warm. I think Myles got hosed down at the end of the day to rinse the worst of the mud off his rain suit. His knit hat was trashed. This guy is awesome, smiling and cracking jokes and able to come up with a quote of the day. He thinks the worst of the work will be finished by 10 AM tomorrow. Thanks Myles!

Indoors, in the relatively balmy environment of 55 degrees, the electricians continued installing fixtures and running wires. The Veneta Duo cut grooves in the Chapel floor. As one wheeled a bucket of slop outside, the screeching of the wheels on concrete mimicked a barking dog. Both my husband Ed and I thought there was a dog inside the building. The recycling was organized and holes were drilled in tile and the grout was sealed in the women’s west restroom. The floor grinders worked in the Southeast corridor and the minister’s office. I can’t remember if I reported that we purchased an industrial grade shop vac that is beyond capable of cleaning up after the grinders and is cutting down on the amount of time needed to do this work.

Food was delivered, the kitchen cleaned, and dishes washed. I was a little out of date in my request for a truck driver on Friday. When I talked to El Viejo today (he is in Buffalo, NY) he told me he had talked to someone on Sunday after church who agreed to be the second driver.

Yesterday, I got my numbers reversed and listed it as Day 650….it was supposed to be Day 560.

QUOTES OF THE DAY: “Tile with a smile….”

And from the Mud Rat: “It was cold and lonely in the hole — lots of mud. The first part of the day was a breeze, but the second part was terrible.”

“According to my brother, there are only 187,000 people in the US born on February 29 – and amazingly, I know three of them.”

DAY #560

9 Volunteers
3 Contract Carpenters
4 Contract Grinders
3 Contract Electricians
1 Mechanical Engineer
1 Construction Consultant

Well, I wrote down almost nothing when I stopped by the BUUB – I was busy writing checks, listening to the pounding rain on the skylight covers, and checking for leaks – there was only one – in the project office. It missed the important papers on the table in the middle of the room by about 6 inches. All the other coverings held up to the abuse. I guess the crows prefer the office skylight.

Grinding continued in the sanctuary and social hall, tiling was proceeding with one volunteer working alone, the electricians were hanging light fixtures, and grooves were being filled in. The ten foot long conference table and 10 chairs were fetched and put into storage (thanks to the generous donation by a church family who paid for the furniture).

I expect there was a reduced number of volunteers because everyone has a life beyond the BUUB but also is making their volunteer time focus on Friday’s move. We added four more volunteers today – so I expect there will be roughly 50 helping and we will need each and every one of them. I sure hope we don’t have weather like we are having right now – driving rain is not welcome when moving overstuffed furniture! It is still not too late to sign up to help.

One of the people scheduled to be a truck driver on Friday is not able to pick up the truck at 7 AM – so if there is someone who can step forward to fill that spot, that would be terrific. Please call Eric Swegles if you can help. 541-636-3878.

Food was delivered, the kitchen cleaned and dishes washed. I had a meeting at church tonight and on the way home – light came on – low tire! The BUUB strikes again.

Before I forget – there is NO Chinese dinner this Friday. Six of the 10 “regular” will be out of town.

QUOTES OF THE DAY: “Do you know the difference between monkey milk and gorilla snot? You fill the BUUB floor grooves with monkey milk, and use gorilla snot to remove mastic on the BUUB floors.”

I read the following in the latest The Week magazine and thought it worth sharing:

I am very actve in a local church. We try to go every Sunday. But I am not particularly a strong believer with the stuff that is associated with what churches say they are about, the afterlife kinds of questions, that sort of thing. There is one thing though, that is important to me and it’s the reason I participate. That is the sense of community that can come from people who are also concerned about the world. For people that don’t take part in that church community, I think their lives are less rich. I grant that you can get it from other sources, but the church has some unique characteristics about it.

from Thirty Lessons for Living: Tried and True from the Wisest Americans

DAY #559

23 Volunteers
3 Contract Electricians
4 Contract Grinders
3 Contract Carpenters
1 Excavator
1 Construction Consultant

A crudely drawn “Treasure Hunt Map” is hanging from the hood of the stove at the BUUB, outlining where the building is located for Friday’s big move and salvage project, where to park, where to find first aid, tools, trucks to load, and the front door. It’s always the case when something is put to “print” – like last night’s listing of volunteers, etc. First thing this morning I heard from people who got missed and wondered why, and others wrote to say “sign me up.” I called about making arrangements for getting coffee delivered, but it didn’t work out. So, if someone out there has a large air pot they would like to loan for a day, please let me know. Marina McIntire is going to brew the coffee at the BUUB and cart it over for volunteers. We have three pots, but a couple more wouldn’t hurt. The excitement is building!

If that weren’t enough, it seems we are to be the recipients of even more treasure. The Oregon Research Institute has a large FREE oak conference table and 8 chairs for us, and it will be picked up tomorrow.

Things were in a frenzy at the BUUB today – the grinders have just about finished the second layer of grinding and the floors are looking mighty fine already. Tiling continued in the two east end restrooms. When the tile cutter is going, the noise is deafening and any sort of conversation is impossible. Grooving and placing loop wire is going well, and the wire was covered with new concrete in Room 5 and the Library. I don’t know how all these people stay on their knees all day. One volunteer spent the better part of the day picking up and putting away tools. They were spread all over the place, with at least a half dozen drills found in odd places, deader than a doornail and ready to be charged up for another day.

One young volunteer was sweeping, sweeping sweeping. There was a tour for a prospective renter and then the tour leader stayed to do some vacuuming. When I was at the BUUB last Friday I hadn’t noticed where all the boxes of light fixtures were stored – needless to say they had to be up off the floor — so a perfect solution was found – on top of the soffits. Check them out when you go into the Chapel – but you best be quick because the electricians have begun hanging the light fixtures. Handsome they are – and very long, and thanks to the generous donation specifically for energy efficient fixtures, they are state of the art for green-ness.

Food was delivered, the kitchen cleaned and dishes washed. The crew that comes in day after day to clean up the kitchen deserves a gold star. You can imagine how many dishes it takes to feed a threshing crew, bowls, plates, silverware, cups and glasses. And they sign up for specific days and are faithful to the task. Part of their duty is cleaning the big double stainless steel sink where every manner of tool is cleaned, but despite the daily messes generated, they cheerfully clean it up. And now we have a daily respirator cleaning gang. Thanks to all.

The excavator sprayed white paint on the north parking lot to show where the ditch will be dug in the asphalt for the underground power line.

A SPECIAL EVENT: Ed Hansen is no longer doing watercolor painting and we are doing major downsizing. Our family has chosen some favorites to keep. Today we took about 50 paintings to 40th & Donald and hung them in the library. All are unframed. Ed is offering them for sale – but you get to set the price yourself. All of the money goes to the Capital Campaign to fund our new church home. If you find a painting you want, please make a check out to UUCE and put “Capital Campaign” in the subject line and put it in the collection basket. Ed and I will miss church this week. After that, we will be at church every week and you can give the money to me and I will get it to the office. The paintings will be up for about a month. He only began painting in 2005 because a school counselor in high school told him to “never pursue anything in art or music,” so he never did. And now he even sings in church.


“Grout me a river…..” spoken by a true grout man as he held a large grout bag. The bag looks just like a canvas pastry bag, and it allows him to apply a thin line of grout to the valleys filled with loop wire.

“About 12:30PM on Saturday, my son and I visited the BUUB. I forgot to sign us in. It was so quiet and so beautiful. Big changes since he last saw it ( probably after Christmas). He is mighty impressed, and I’m so proud to show it off.”

“Is it too late to volunteer for the Friday moving day?” Never!

DAY #558

1 Volunteer (at least)

I have to admit I was not at the BUUB at all today. Ed Zack has prepared a narrative for what he titled “The Script for the UUCE Treasure Hunt” on Friday, March 2. It gives all the details so we all know what to expect and who is in charge of each part of the puzzle. This will take the place of any news from the BUUB:

Friday, March 2 – Be at the former Eugene Hospital and Clinic – 1162 Willamette.

We only have a 4-hour window – 8 AM to NOON to remove anything that has red duct tape on it and perhaps a few other things. The owner representative, Janet Holloway, will be on site, but nobody, except Jane Souzon, Wanda Kuenzli, or Mark Doonan deals or talks to her.

GENERAL NOTES: Be Safe – Think Safety – Be Careful – Have Fun

The entire BUUB project has been an exercise in flexibility, adaptability, and change. This salvage operation is not any different, only more so.

FIRST AID is at the front door with Susanne Giordano. Dr. Sarah Hendrickson will be on site.

PARK your vehicles away from the building. The spaces nearest the door (marked handicap) will be needed for tool and equipment rigs, empty pickups and vans to be loaded with salvaged materials.


SUPPORT TEAM: Contact Person: Jane Souzon – 541-654-5388

Photographer: Kirk Taylor – 541-746-5763
Inventory, Traffic Cop, First Aid – Susanne Giordano 541-517-7234
Assistants – Jan Willing and one other
First Aid Kit, Inventory: Pads and pens
Support Crew – Marine McIntire 541-434-2315 – Hot Coffee, water, juice, and donuts at 10AM.

TRANSPORTATION TEAM: Drivers – Jeff Wright and Charlie Wagar

Pick up Trucks at 7 AM (Two 16-foot trucks, one with lift gate, one with ramp.
Martha Snyder – large station wagon
Carlos Barrera – cargo van


Furniture Dolly
4 Wheel dollies
Roll of visqueen plastic (rain)
Plastic tubs (for parts)
10-20 bricks (hold down plastic)
Duct Tape
Magic Markers
First Aid Kit
2 Rolls Toilet Paper

MOVING TEAM: – Eric Swegels – 541-636-3878



*Bob Kaeser (bringing furniture dollies, moving blankets, straps)
Judy Sawyer
George Carroll
Sonya Margerum
Judy Shaw
Al Landy
Norma Landy
*Jon Miller
Dave Franzen (Check Salvage for Protruding screws/nails
Buddy Sawyer
*Todd Woodward
Barbara Coleman
Katy Siepert
Rouanna Garden
Linda Meyer
Martha Snyder
*Chris Leblanc
Susan Schneider
Doug Hendrickson
Bonnie Richman

*”B: Team members are to be ready to stop moving furniture and immediately become part of the demolition crews.

HIRED: Charlies Espinoza 541-206-5119 and crew of 5 or 6

GENERAL APPROACH: If you don’t know what to do, keep the salvaged materials (anything with red duct tape) moving out the door. Initially load the trucks until full with chairs (tightly) to keep them out of rain. Then stack all salvaged stuff and cover with plastic and secure with bricks. At noon, after everything is out of the building, then we will begin moving everything to storage.

LOCATION OF STORAGE: Downtown Mini Storage, 1475 Railroad Blvd 541-342-5383. (North on Chambers past Eugene Mission. After the bridge, turn immediately right on Railroad Blvd. It is immediately on your left.) If you are helping at the storage unit, try to stack each unit tightly (be creative). It might be possible to keep one of the units for chairs only. If we need more than one unit, go to the office and they will make it happen. Charlie Wagar has a blank check for this purpose.

THE SALVAGE TEAM (The “L” is silent)

Mark Doonan – 541-915-2084
Charlie Eckerson and Sarah Hendrickson
Jack Walsh (541-517-2757) and Gretchen Miller
Steve Van Der Veen and Emmet Band
Oso Harper and Myles Knebel 541-285-1112
Carlos Barrera and friend

There is an extensive list of tools that will be useful for this team. If you need details on the list of tools and specifics of things being salvaged, please let me know. The list given to me was all in caps and is 8 pages long. I will be happy to print off a copy for you or send it to you in an email.


I may have left someone off the list who volunteered. Don’t take it personally or think we don’t need you – I have two computers and names have a way of escaping.

It is now past midnight, so I guess technically I missed a day. Maybe I am on Hawaiian time.

DAY #557

1 Volunteer

Husband Ed and I stopped by the BUUB about 5 PM – one volunteer – I grabbed a small scrap of paper to make notes about what he did, but tonight I can’t find it in the chaos of my house. It had something to do with mixing concrete, patching concrete, matching concrete, and polishing concrete. I expect that he was running experiments with various mixes of patch in an attempt to find one to match all the old surrounding concrete.

I don’t know if the contract grinders worked – the floor was damp, but it might not have dried out from yesterday with the cold weather. We had snow and hail at our house.

Since I didn’t have a big fat report today, I decided to see what we were doing A YEAR AGO TODAY – Everything in blue is a year old – so here goes:

Subject: 400 Days – Day 197 – Friday
7 Volunteers
3 Architects
2 Engineers
1 HVAC Contractor
2 Visitors

Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. Thankfully the temporary furnace system at the BUUB is providing a reasonable amount of heat – at least enough to prevent frozen pipes. I did notice, however, that all the people working were wearing their coats and hats, so the temperature inside was not what we would call “comfy.”

Yesterday’s report did not record the presence of an architect, dishwasher, the Church treasurer, or a volunteer who came to make sure the furnaces were working.

There was a meeting of the minds assembled this morning to try to work out the parking issues. Thankfully the Scottish Rite recently found the 1974 easement signed with the adjacent landowner which regulates sixty feet of common area. Obviously, the ground underneath the parking lot does not change in size and it should be a fairly cut and dried issue, but there are several jurisdictions who have to approve the plans and they haven’t been able to agree (fire, transportation, parking). The easement spells it out.

There was additional plaster patching, mudding, sanding, priming, and painting, along with finishing the molding on the ceiling of the pantry where the pull down stairs come down. Two walls were lifted in Room 2 – the east wall and the one separating it from the men’s restroom. Floors in the building and the parking lot near the sandbox were swept and wood and gravel were moved. The forklift is parked in the lobby.

I worked on more pages for the illustrated journal and can attest to the fact that drawing a fork lift is a challenge for me. I have considered having it moving in the drawing so it can be a blur!

The statistician reports: 155 individual volunteers, 2122 people have signed in since August 7, 2010 and have logged 24,903 hours of labor. Fantastic!

QUOTE OF THE DAY: When I put perishable food away this afternoon, I noticed the light was out in the refrigerator. Earlier, El Viejo indicated someone was replacing the kitchen ceiling light fixture. I asked the volunteer carrying electrical goodies if he had flipped the breaker. He went to the box to check and said: “I don’t know if I turned them all on, or all off.” After fetching a flashlight, he determined he had turned them all off. He flipped #13 and the light in the fridge is working!

ITEM NEEDED: Does anyone have a copier that will make 11×17 sheets? The Project Office has a number of items to run off of that size and could use some help. Please call Ed Zack if you have such a copier. 541-729-4500.


The following is not from the BUUB, but relates to something I put in the Warbler, monthly newsletter of Portland Audubon. Even then my typing let things sneak in that were not intended. This appeared in the Oregon Journal on January 7, 1981:

“This week’s New Yorker magazine also derived amusement from the Audubon Society, quoting the Portland Audubon Warbler as follows: ‘Dave Marshall, author of the Familiar Birds of Northwest Forests, Fields and Gardens, and wildlife biologist for the US Fish and Wildlife Service, has been visiting Powell Butte since the 1940’s and will have a wealth of birding and natural history information. Be prepared to hike 203 miles with some bushwacking. The all morning hike will end before lunch.’ “Can we eat it in the ambulance?” (I meant to say, 2-3 miles.)

DAY #556

22 Volunteers
3 Contract Carpenters
5 Contract Grinders
1 Excavator
1 Construction Consultant
10 for Chinese Dinner

The excavator did the setup for cutting the parking lot surface for the installation of the underground wiring for the EWEB meter. This will eliminate that big heavy cable that stretches across the north parking lot from the transformer between our building and Looking Glass School. Expect a disruption next week.

TILE: The crew worked on the walls in the Women’s east restroom and they are beautiful. We are just about finished with the floor in the Men’s east restroom and the common entryway is finished. Next week the trim should be all done in the Women’s side. Six or seven people worked on tile today.

GROOVING: The Veneta Groovers worked in Room 2 and there was work on the scars from the old walls in the East entry. Not to be outdone, our 90-year-old volunteer decided a grooving saw was not as efficient as a pick axe!

GRINDING: The Social Hall floor is done with grind #1. The Sanctuary is done with grind #1 and #2 and the crew will be working tomorrow. Our volunteers joined in helping scrape up the remains of the day and spraying water. It’s terrific to see the progress.

OFFICE: The three-hole puncher helped clean up a whole bunch of loose papers and got them safely filed in those notebooks donated recently. A slotted box was put into service and collects invoices and debit receipts. The lead volunteer created jobs, tools, materials, and lead person lists for the mammoth job next Friday to transfer furnishings and fixtures to storage and/or the BUUB. The “MOVE” on March 2 was the main topic of conversation and the source of several quotations at Chinese dinner. Discussion touched on Voodoo donuts, coffee, bike racks, parking, stairs, salvage, cupboards, nails, unstackable chairs, storage and how to avoid bottlenecks.

Before I forget – there is NO Chinese dinner next Friday because of the major volunteer effort that day and the absence of six of the regulars who will be out of town.

GENERAL: Food was delivered, the kitchen cleaned and dishes washed. All of the consumable paper dispensers were filled, the pantry was reorganized, and other custodial duties were completed. Door jambs were fabricated and there is actually a real door frame between the kitchen and the old boiler room (now custodial).

TOMORROW – the BUUB is open – the floor grinding crew will be grinding away, and we could use volunteers to come in and do cleanup.

QUOTES OF THE DAY: “At lunch, we realized that we talk a lot about politics, but we never discuss religion.”

Fortune Cookie: “You will soon be crossing desert sands for a fun vacation.” “Does grinder dust count?”

A comment on what the reaction might be to our team of volunteers descending on the building to salvage fixtures and move furnishings: “They have no idea how well honed our team is at demolition…..we have been at this for 19 months….we are professionals!”

Still not too late to sign up to volunteer on March 2 – 8 AM…..details to follow. Let me know… judie310hansen@comcast.net — we signed up a few more today.

DAY #555

21 Volunteers
3 Contract Carpenters
2 Contract Electricians – 1 Owner
2 Contract Plumbers
5 Contract Grinders
1 Electrical Supply Representative
1 Electrical Engineer
1 Construction Consultant

Thanks to everyone who arrived early this morning to move light fixtures. There was a bit of a last minute change in plans about how the job would play out, but it all got done. The change was necessary because there were some rooms where grinding or grooving or patching, or wire installation was being done, and light fixtures would have been in the way. It was a bit of a hassle, but it all got done! (I must like the word “done”.)

The Social Hall floor got its first grind and about a fourth of the Sanctuary is done. A crew of five working together can get a lot accomplished. They are using a wet grind, and it is interesting to watch, as one crew member sprays water, another grinds, then the water-laden grindings are pushed into a shovel and hauled outside. The wet grind is much kinder to breathing!

The tiling crew put up most of the wall tile in the women’s East restroom and all that is left is the decorative part and bottom panel. The floor in the men’s East restroom is done. Tile was cut for the trim and edges sanded.

The carpenters worked on fabricating door jambs. There were meetings with the electrical engineer and supplier to further nail down and refine the electrical system. They also talked about connecting the main electrical service and how to make do with portions of the monster electrical panels that have been stored outside. The meeting to discuss future maintenance and management of the electrical and mechanical systems did not take place because we are in the seven day countdown to moving the free furnishings, and all the major players were busy juggling their day and it got postponed.

Our creative volunteers love to post fun things on the sign-in sheet – such as: Move fixtures, answered the call for light carriers, chop wood, carry water, tile, clean respirators, work on arrangements for the March 2 move. Food was delivered, the kitchen cleaned and dishes washed. There was more patching of the concrete. Large grooves were cut in the entranceway and around the Chapel. Loop wire was put in Room 6.

REMEMBER: Tomorrow – Chinese Dinner at the Fortune Inn, 1775 West 6th Avenue at 5:30 PM.

MARCH 2 MOVING PARTY: We have about 30 people signed up to help on Friday, March 2, but we can use 40 or more to form a conga line to move chairs. Please let me know if you can help beginning at 8 AM. We have a volunteer photographer to record this exciting event. You can be a part of history! Let me know – judie310hansen@comcast.net 541-335-1637

QUOTES OF THE DAY: I asked El Viejo if we could use people this weekend to grind and clean up and he said YES. I asked about the different kinds of dust collected on the floors:

“gray is concrete; yellow or black is old mastic; and white is sheetrock.”

Mark Doonan says we could also use a weekend grinding crew. We need at least a team of two or three per grinder. If you are interested, please let me know. If nobody signs up, the BUUB will be closed.

“How come people in Eugene drive so slow??? — Because they have already arrived.”



We have a special need for a crew tomorrow (Thursday) morning from 9-11 AM to move all of the light fixtures from the mezzanine in the old boiler room, and to distribute them around the building into the rooms where they will be installed. It is not a hard job, the light fixtures are not heavy – they are long and it helps to have two people – one up on the mezzanine handing them down to someone on the ground level. We could use a team of 6 or 8 people.

No reservation needed, but if you can help, please show up early. The electrician will be on the job and ready to give directions.

Regular news to follow later tonight.

DAY #554

20 Volunteers
2 Contract Carpenters
2 Contract Electricians – 1 Owner
3 Contract Roofers
5 Contract Grinder/Groovers
1 Construction Consultant
The Minister
Music Director
Office Administrator
Office Assistant
5 Visitors
Off Site Meeting of Aesthetics & Logistics Task Force

The contract roofers added the finishing touches to the south and north entrances. Working in the rain this morning, they were suspended on long ropes, and walking around nonchalantly maneuvering large panels of roofing as if on flat ground rather than a pitched roof.

Everyone concerned about the Chapel being closed up and turned into the planing room can relax – the temporary wall and door were taken down and the planer and all the lumber were moved out! It makes a major difference in the overall appearance of the hall between the social hall and Chapel.

The grinding crew worked in the Chapel and were getting rid of all the imperfections along the walls of the corridors. I guess there is a construction term “just for pretty.” Both first and second grind are being done in various locations. We are happy to report that ALL OF THE GLOP SLOP is off the Chapel floor.

At 7 AM, Errand Boy was at Mason Supply pawing through various kinds of aggregate to find something to match our ancient concrete. And speaking of concrete, our perimeter grinder did a special “display” section in the threshold of Room 1 to show what all of the floor will look like after the 5th grind. It is beautiful and shiny and looks like it has been waxed. Stop by for a look see.

Floor tile was added in the East men’s restroom and wall tile to the East women’s restroom. All the tiles in the West restrooms were cleaned (both walls and floors) and will be covered for protection from the texturing being added to sheetrocked walls. Next week the tile will be sealed. (A non-technical and easy on-the-body job, using a small brush. Volunteers welcome.)

One volunteer sanded tile edges. Super job tilers – having two restrooms DONE!

Food was delivered, the kitchen cleaned, and dishes washed. Rolling carts were used to move lumber and tools, and there was sweeping, sweeping, sweeping.

Earlier this evening I sent out an email asking for extra folks in the morning to move light fixtures from the old boiler room to various locations around the BUUB. Also tomorrow is a special meeting with some of our contractors to review the mechanical and electrical systems and their future management. Sounds like a busy day.

The Aesthetics and Logistics Task Force met at 40th to discuss plans related to sequencing, supplies, procedures, and equipment needed for our move. As things are packed, the containers will be marked with a code for the 9-10 major areas of the church, with color coded labels to indicate their level of access needed. There was concern expressed about the variety and volume of unmarked and miscellaneous variety of accumulated claimed and unclaimed STUFF that is jammed into shelves, stored on top of filing cabinets or the floor in the room behind the kitchen at 40th. At some point everything will have to come out of this space. If anyone reading this has something stored there that they plan to move, the task force needs to know so it won’t be thrown in the trash or sold. Please contact Linda Meyer or clearly mark it with a label that says SAVE with your name or the name of your group on it, with a phone number to contact. Linda’s email is: fredandlinda@gmail.com

NEEDED: A few more people to help on Friday, March 2 to move furnishings and salvaged materials from a downtown location. We have rented two 16-foot trucks and need two drivers who are not a part of the salvage crew. Some of the furnishings will go directly to storage and some will go directly to the BUUB. We are still working to get some FREE commercial storage space. We have people responsible for specific aspects of the operation. (1) furnishings, (2) hunter, gatherers, (3) inventory, (4) photography, (5) first aid, (6) salvage, and (7) materials, and (8) making sure all our salvage tools make it home. All volunteers will meet at the site at 8 AM and be done by Noon.

QUOTES OF THE DAY: After a tour of the building, one person commented: “Which way is my car?” (It’s easy to get turned around in there.)

When the first team went to look at all the free furnishings, they had only two hours to look at everything on two floors of a building they were not familiar with: “It was greed gone wild.”

“We should be able to pull off salvaging everything we want on March 2 – we are experienced! We have been salvaging stuff for 19 months!”

“Unfortunately, we have no lock step move date and know this is cause for anxiety. We all need to take a deep breath.”

21feb tile laying-t



DAY #553

17 Volunteers
3 Contract Carpenters
2 Contract Electricians
4 Contract Grinders/groovers
1 Contract Door Fabricator
1 Construction Consultant
3 Visitors


TILE: Three color coordinated tilers added grout on the women’s west end restroom – we had hoped to get a photo of this fine work, but a plywood barrier was added to keep everyone OUT until the grout dries. Additional floor and wall tiles were added to the east end restrooms. Our ‘original’ tile researcher, Audrey Maslin, rolled in for a visit and was delighted to see all the progress made during the past two months. It was wonderful to see her.


L to R: Our color-coordinated tile crew!
L to R: Our color-coordinated tile crew!

GROOVING AND GRINDING: The drywall night crew has wound up the majority of their work and were reassigned to join the grinding and grooving crew. There was indeed a cacophony of deafening noise from two grinders, a grooving saw, and three shop vacs all going at once in the west end and the table saw ripping boards in the Sanctuary. There was water and mastic stripping goop all over the place. Be sure to check the Quotes today – it tells all. Room 7 was grooved, and the grinding was around the west corridor and the chapel. After much gnashing of teeth and holding of noses, about a third of the Chapel floor has had its first grind. To keep dust level down, we are now using wet grind.

DOORS: Six doors are framed in and ready to go and five more sets have been fabricated, with the strips taped together and identified.

CONCRETE CUTTING: In order to have smooth and seamless thresholds, grooves have been cut and then an attempt made to match the surrounding concrete with the rest of the decades old concrete in Room 2 and other locations. Errand Boy spent the afternoon at various distributors trying to find patching material that would match both the texture and color. A late afternoon visitor who happens to be a concrete cutter commented, “It’s impossible to match…..almost.”

GENERAL: Soup, juice, cookies, and empty yogurt containers were delivered, the kitchen was cleaned and the dishes washed. One volunteer three hole punched and filed technical manuals for electric and mechanicals and the project office and construction consultant are happier for it. Additional stripping continued on the beams outside the east entrance. More roof holes were cut to accommodate HVAC units.

QUOTES OF THE DAY: About the goop on the Chapel floor: “You should see what Myles is scraping. I have seen better looking cat vomit.”

“The grunt work….oh, I meant grout.”

“Unitarians!…..Give me a break!”

MARCH 2 PROJECT: We got word from the owner of the building with the free furnishings that it will be open to us for a two hour window (for sure) to move everything, and this includes being able to dismantle and remove restroom partitions, grab bars, mirrors, baby changing tables that are connected to the walls. As you can tell, this is a mammoth effort in a short period of time, so everyone who can possibly help, even if for only an hour or two, is needed. We have 22 people so far and can use more, especially some who are tool friendly. Contact me: judie310hansen@comcast.net 541-335-1637. Don’t be shy.

DAY #552

19 Volunteers
1 Contract Electrician
2 Contract Carpenters
1 kitchen hood representative
1 Construction Consultant
4 Visitors
7 Attend BPOC Meeting

TILE: The women’s west restroom tile is set, but has no grout. Floor tile was set in the men’s east restroom.

GRINDING: The Music Room, south half of the Chapel, and Chapel corridor floor were ground. You have heard that “love is a many splendored thing”….well, we discovered the Chapel floor has layer after layer after layer of glue, glue, glue. The glue was not a thing to love. Being treated with various solutions did not make a dent on getting it removed. Every combination of goo just laughed at both grinder and operator. In desperation, they hand scraped it and will have to end up doing the whole floor that way, slogging on.

GROOVING: The additional adjustment to the grooves in Room 6 was accomplished and installation of loop wire can proceed.

PATCHING: Quick dry cement was added in thresholds for Room 2, the Copy Room and Reception Area.

GENERAL: Food was delivered, the kitchen cleaned and dishes washed. Respirators were cleaned. The old beams on the outside of the east entrance were stripped. There was miscellaneous tweaking in some areas where room was needed to accommodate ventilators and duct protection. Temporary lights were restrung. The roofers will return to finish the east side of the south entrance roof when additional material comes in. One volunteer coiled power cords, moved lumber and did sweeping, sweeping, sweeping. Another cleaned grinder blades. In general, there was cleaning throughout the building.

QUOTES OF THE DAY: “The dirt we are taking out of here is amazing.”

The opening words for the BPOC meeting tonight were from Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. The members of the BPOC and volunteers sharing their talent, treasure, and encouragement made these words ring true. Without all the “gumption,” we sure couldn’t have accomplished all we have:

“I like the word ‘gumption’ because it’s so homely and so forlorn and so out of style it looks as if it needs a friend and isn’t likely to reject anyone who comes along. I like it also because it describes exactly what happens to someone who connects with Quality. …. A person filled with gumption doesn’t sit around dissipating and stewing about things. He’s (she’s) at the front of the train of his (her) own awareness, watching to see what’s up the track and meeting when it comes. That’s gumption.”

After reading this one person commented: “Is that like Forrest Gumption?” There is a joker in every crowd!

MARCH 2 – We signed up another three people today! Great news. If you can help between 8 AM to Noon moving furnishings from a downtown office building to a storage area, please let me know. There is no upper limit on the number of people we can use.


DAY #551

No Volunteers that I know of

Husband Ed and I stopped by about 3 PM to see if anyone had signed in and there were no names, but people have been known to sneak in and out!

We have been able to sign up several more people as volunteers for March 2 – but we could use a few more. Arrangements for a truck and storage are getting made, and the supervisor de jour is making his lists and checking them twice to match up personnel with tasks at hand.

I forgot to report from my visit to the BUUB yesterday that I had some fun with the crows. Just as I walked into the project office, I heard a loud tap, tap, tap and couldn’t figure out where it was coming from. I thought perhaps someone on the outside thought the doorway was a working door. I stopped to listen, and the tapping stopped. I checked all the nooks and crannies in the office but there was not a soul to be found. A few minutes later as I passed under one of the skylight wells, I heard a crow chortling, and realized that was who was tapping on the skylight frames.

TOMORROW is another full day of floor grinding, tile setting, sweeping, and cleaning. Come on down and join the fun! And remember, it’s not too late to sign up to help move furnishings on Friday, March 2 beginning at 8 AM!

DAY #550

12 Volunteers

An early morning run was made to Jerry’s – in the nick of time since face masks were in short supply last night and there was to be a busy day full of dust today. El Viejo managed to get that errand done and was at the BUUB by 7:30 AM moving everything out of the north corridor and getting things set up for grinding, making coffee, and concentrating on paperwork until the first volunteer arrived at 9:45. There was a good assortment of volunteers throughout the day.

GRINDING: All of the areas in the north hallway that had to be skipped previously because of obstacles, were accessed today, so the first grind is complete. A second crew worked in the Sanctuary, also on its first grind.

GROOVES: The Veneta Groovers finished Room 6 except at the threshold, and started laying wire in Room 4. Some of the grooves in Room 4 were not wide or deep enough, so will need a little extra work on Monday.

TILE: Everything was set up to continue work in the east restrooms, and tiles in the men’s west restroom were wiped down so they can sparkle, no doubt.

ASSORTED: The SGM crew worked all afternoon, helping on grinding crews, sweeping, and hauling the grindings to the dumpster. They also wiped down kitchen surfaces that got extremely gritty during the grinding. Overnight texturing was added to sheetrock. Respirators were washed.

MARCH 2 – I’m happy to report four more people have volunteered to help move furnishings. We still need more. Let me know if you are available that morning!

QUOTES OF THE DAY: Ring, ring, ring…..“Hi Mark – I’m at the BUUB, can you tell me how to turn out the lights in the sanctuary and social hall? ” “I think it is #9 in the kitchen, unless they changed it while I was gone.” “And what about the ones in the west end?” “They are plugged into the wall below the breaker box.” “Ok – I will give that a try….” (My assumption is that the three buttons next to the north entrance are not presently working.)

“Walk of the ox, dance of the broom…..” And round and round she goes…..

NEEDED: Someone who likes to list things on Craig’s List – we have a few items to offload. (urinals and other goodies)

Someone with a pickup truck (can be small) to take sheets of cement board to the Habitat for Humanity Restore.

A few more Nancy’s Yogurt type quart size containers would be good for leftovers. That does not mean we need that hoard you have been saving for the last ten years all brought at once.

THERE IS NO SCHEDULE WORK TOMORROW — and on the 7th day they rest!

FEBRUARY 17, 2012
DAY #549

23 Volunteers
1 Contract Carpenter
3 HVAC Installers
1 Mechanical Engineer
1 Construction Consultant
4 Contract Sheetrockers
2 Harvey & Price Visitors
2 Other Visitors
8 for Chinese Dinner

TILE: – The Men’s restroom on the west side is DONE! It looks beautiful with the grout in and is ready for partitions and fixtures as soon as the grout dries. The Women’s west restroom is ready for grout. The Women’s east restroom floor is in, no grout. The Mens east restroom floor is half done. Our tiling crew has this stuff down to a fine science. Thanks to the special gift of all the tile that made this possible.

GROOVES: The Veneta Groovers worked away in Room 6. (Seven hours!) The two 20-foot rails were assembled into tracks so the whole system and saw would not have to be repositioned every 8 feet. I did hear a comment that they hadn’t begun using the extension yet because the tracks weren’t quite parallel. They have the system down to a fine science – one running the saw as the other person sucks up water with the shop vac. Skid tape has been ordered to keep the new track from sliding around on the wet floor.

GRINDING: Both grinders were going full tilt and we had enough people to keep the pace going. They worked on the hall around the Chapel (2nd grind), and began the first grind on the Sanctuary floor.

There are miles to go and happily Sigrid Lambros will head up a grinding crew TOMORROW – SATURDAY from 10 AM to 4 PM. Several people have signed up to help, including a SGM team in the afternoon, but we could use a few more people. If you are available, just show up.

There are some areas in the north hall that were skipped because equipment was sitting in the way. That equipment has been moved and is ready for your grinding pleasure. We need to finish the grinding in Rooms 1-3 and north hallway so we can begin setting doors.

PATCHING: Floor cracks in the Reception area and Copy room were patched.

OTHER: There was beam stripping, sanding, sweeping, cleaning, grind away, sweep up, repeat, the bathroom was cleaned, food delivered, the kitchen cleaned, and dishes washed. One volunteer measured all the rooms, including things like how high the windowsills are, spaces for alcoves, etc. This will be very important as we go back for the furnishings and see if we can salvage other items from the building — need to know if bookcases will fit under windows, how wide the cupboards are, if we have room for mirrors, etc. When the crew went to the site to choose furnishings, they had to cover two entire floors full of offices in less than two hours. There were more discussions about the logistics of the March 2 move, options for storage, number of people and vehicles needed.

MARCH 2 – So far we have 11 people signed up, but still need more. We will likely only have access to the building in the morning for a few hours. By afternoon we should have things wrapped up. The big push will be from 8-10 AM. Contact me if you can help. 541-335-1637 or judie310hansen@comcast.net.

QUOTES OF THE DAY: Speaking of March 2 – “that’s going to be another big job.”

“I’m grout impregnated.” (I think she meant her clothes.)

“Looking around the lunch table at everyone in the grubby, grimy, dirty clothes, I thought, what a rogue’s gallery.”

“You missed a great photo opportunity — four people on their knees with rear ends up in the air grouting tile.”

“The grout covers up a multitude of learning opportunities.”

“Those room numbers hadn’t faded — they were ground off!”

“Measure once, scratch head multiple times.”

"having Mark back in the building is like throwing gasoline on a fire"
“having Mark back in the building is like throwing gasoline on a fire”



DAY #548

20 Volunteers
1 Contract Carpenter
5 HVAC Installers
2 Contract Electricians

The Hawaiian Casual Day was a big success. Our esteemed construction consultant came off the plane in sandals and shorts, but stopped briefly at the BUUB before going home to dress for a return to the meat locker. He was greeted by a crew in Hawaiian shirts and leis. Despite assuring El Viejo that he did not have all three of the computer power cords, it was discovered that he took one to Hawaii and there were two more on his dining room table. GUILTY! I am happy to no longer have to offer shared custody for my power cord.

It was agreed all around that once Mark arrived the job ramped up in intensity. The first order of the day was to move the Project Office once again (move #8) and it is back in Room 3.

cutting drain tile
cutting drain tile

Tile was installed in the East men’s restroom floor, and tiles were cut in rounds for floor drains for all the restrooms. The plan is to begin grouting the tile tomorrow.

Grinding was happening on many fronts, with focus on the south vestibule, the minister’s office for a first grind, and a second grind on the corridors around the Chapel. There were sweepers following right along behind – a high priority to keep the grinder from scratching the floor.

One volunteer suggested I share with our readers a little something more about grinding:

“You have probably mentioned this before in the blog, but it might be good to remind potential volunteers that the floor grinding itself is not really noisy or really strenuous. I think the shop vac is noisier than the grinder. Moving it around while it’s grinding is not much harder than a lawnmower, and the more strenuous things (moving it from room to room or cleaning blades) does not have to be done very often or can be done by others. I mention it because some people think it’s really noisy or really strenuous and are reluctant to give it a whirl (pun intended).”

 grinding and sweeping the north corridor
grinding and sweeping the north corridor

The Veneta Groovers were working in Room 4. Floor patching of cracks with quickset cement continues in the copy room and reception area. One volunteer got to use the laser leveler.

Food was delivered, the kitchen cleaned and dishes washed. One person worked on the outside beams of the east entrance, using the soy stripper in the hope they will resemble the new beams. Respirators were cleaned and a run to store was necessary to get more filters for the shop vacs.

REMINDER: There will be Chinese dinner at the Fortune Inn at 5:30 PM tomorrow – located at 1775 West 6th Avenue.

WE ARE STILL RECRUITING for volunteers to help move all those free furnishings from a downtown location to a storage area on Friday, March 2. We have 9 people signed up so far.

Let me know if you can help. judie310hansen@comcast.net 541-335-1637….we need more.

QUOTES OF THE DAY: “It’s hard to lay tile in a lei…..the lei gets in the way.”

“Having Mark back in the building is like throwing gasoline on a fire.”

DAY #547

20 Volunteers
1 Contract Carpenter
2 HVAC Installers
1 Contract Electrician
1 Electric Company Owner
1 Church Treasurer

Thanks to the six people who have already written to say they are available to help move furnishings on Friday, March 2. Some can only work a half day, so we are still recruiting for more volunteers.

We also have offers of help on Saturday during the day and Tuesday evening with the grinding and other chores. Here is the skinny on grinding and gives an idea of what is needed in addition to the operator of the grinder:

From the Tuesday Blog: Today, both grinders were not running all the time. We have one volunteer willing to work Monday and Tuesday evenings and Saturdays but does not want to be in the building alone. She is looking for some other people who are available during those times.

Comments on what is Needed: I do have some thoughts on the subject of grinding:

We are doing dry grinding now. Dry grinding is better, quicker, with two people, one to grind and one to sweep the dust away. As we move to finer blades (or grits on the blade), it is more and more important, because the dust will continue to scratch the surface. On the rough grind that is not an issue. So, as we proceed, more and more we need two people for dry grinding.

Very soon we will be proceeding to wet grinding (polishing). Upon Mark’s return I expect to see him initiate some grinding changes, including starting to wet grind Rooms 1-7. Wet grinding is messier than dry and absolutely requires two people, and three is better. someone is at the grinder, someone spreads (not too much) water on the floor, squeegees it around and ahead of the grinder, and vacuums it up, takes the vacuum outside, dumps it, returns. Really three is not at all too many to keep up with this.”

We still need additional people for Saturday and on both Monday and Tuesday evenings between the hours of 4 and 9 PM. And of course we need lots of volunteers Monday through Friday during the day.

Contact me directly if you can help with the move on March 2, or with the grinding on these extended hours.

SPECIAL NOTICE: Mark Doonan returns from Hawaii tomorrow about 11 AM – as a special welcome home, it has been declared Hawaiian Casual Day – if you plan to be at the BUUB, you are invited to join the fun and dress appropriately. Leis will be available upon request!


We have been granted an exemption by EWEB from having to install 100 amp service to our building. This avoids having to add a very large and unsightly and unplanned addition to the north side of the building and means we don’t have to spend about $25,000 to install it. We will have to move the meter, but overall we are greatly relieved hearing this news.


Grinding in the Music Room, Room 3, the Sanctuary, and the corridor on the south side of the Chapel. There was perimeter grinding in Room 3 and the south corridor.

Tiles were installed in the floor of the Men’s east restroom.

Floors were grooved in Room 4.

Crack patching was done in Room 3, the Library and in the corridors.

Holes were cut in the block columns to accommodate exit lights for the doors, and it was a bit of a challenge to avoid hitting rebar. The electrician thought he had lost another electrical box and Susanne Giordano’s photos and measurements were consulted. No box found — and then the electrician remembered there was not supposed to be one on that wall after all.

Food was delivered, the kitchen and respirators cleaned, and dishes washed.

A meeting was held with the church treasurer, bookkeeper, a BPOC check writer, and a Board member to work on communication patterns to benefit all four of us without adding extra work. Because I was there earlier in the day than normal, I expect there were notes added to the sign in sheet that I missed.

QUOTES OF THE DAY: A volunteer was upset….”How come Charlie got a raise in pay and I didn’t? My wife and I should get a raise equal to Charlie!” Fat chance of that……Charlie spends the day on his knees while the volunteer plays golf.

“I can do the 2 Tuesdays nights in Feb (maybe March) for The Grind. I can help move beginning at 7:45 am Friday, March 2. YES!”

“Please mark me down as volunteering for at least 4 hours (morning shift) for the big move on Friday, March 2. This is more up my alley, and it sounds like there will be some smaller items that a 50-something guy can safely move in and out of the moving van. You’re right, very exciting that we’re scoring all this stuff!”

Any more who would like to volunteer – contact me – judie310hansen@comcast.net.

DAY #546

heart and chalice20 Volunteers
2 Contract Electricians
1 Electrician Owner
1 Contract Carpenter
2 HVAC Installers
1 RE Director
1 RE Director Assistant
1 Aesthetic & Logistics Task Force Chair

We are delighted to announce that through the outstanding efforts of a sleuthing team, we have acquired, absolutely free, what will likely end up being about $30,000 worth of furnishings from a local company through its surplus inventory. The list of items includes 130 chairs (suitable for sanctuary or chapel seating), benches, task chairs, stools, lamps, end tables, desks, swivel chairs, love seat sofa, round tables, children size tables & chair set, and a collection of architectural salvage like restroom dividers, mirrors, baby changing tables, indoor directional signs, lockers, grab bars, faucets. This is all very exciting. Is there a catch? Yes – and here is where you come in.

WE NEED: 15-20 volunteers on Friday, March 2 to help all day moving the stuff out of a building in downtown Eugene. The work will begin at 7:45 AM. We are renting a large truck and will be filling it perhaps 4-5 times and taking the items to a storage area where they will need to be unloaded quickly so we can go back for the next load. We are asking if some of our younger members might be able to take off a half day or full day from work to come move all this stuff. If we are not able to get enough help, we will have to hire laborers to do the work, and we don’t have a budget for movers. We need to have a firm commitment with the time of day and number of hours you can volunteer no later than Wednesday, February 29 by 5 PM. If we don’t have enough people by then we will have to notify the laborers. Please let me know if you can help:

judie310hansen@comcast.net 541-335-1637 The chairs do not stack and will be somewhat awkward to move, so it will help to have some young people with strong backs. Eric Swegles will be the team leader for moving these furnishings.

Some of the items are needed for occupancy (restroom dividers, grab bars, handicap accessible faucets) so this is indeed a treasure trove and we are still pinching ourselves about finding this resource.

15feb rm4 grinding refine-tToday was a really full day at the BUUB. Both grinders were getting a workout, working on floors in Room 3, the Sanctuary, and the Music Office. The floor groovers worked in Room 4 and 5 (photo right), and cracks were filled with quick set cement in the west corridor (photo below). The very last tile was set in the women’s west restroom and almost all of the floor tile is down in the women’s east restroom.


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After going over all the jobs left to be done, we are still on schedule to have the work done by mid-April. Here’s how it is playing out. There are 8 rooms, plus the sanctuary and social hall that need gooves and wire in the floor. Three rooms have been grooved and the 4th is being grooved. Two have the wire. Only the east men’s and the unisex accessible restrooms still need tile. The electrician (who is retiring permanently in two weeks) is just about done feeding wires through conduit and then will install lights and finish plugs and switches. The HVAC crew has begun adding heat vent trim. Painting, plumbing, and electrical fixture installation will happen simultaneously. But we have to keep moving. The only thing holding us back is grinding the floors.

Today, both grinders were not running all the time. We have one volunteer willing to work Monday and Tuesday evenings and Saturdays but does not want to be in the building alone. She is looking for some other people who are available during those times. Everyone who runs the grinders comments on how it is almost a meditative action. Here again, if you can help any of these times, let me know so we can schedule a specific working time and list those times in this blog.

One volunteer “woke up the kitchen”, another did custodial, and there was “planning with Ed.” Food was delivered, the kitchen cleaned, and dishes washed.

QUOTES OF THE DAY: “I’ve been promoted. It doesn’t take long to go from sweeping the floor to running the grinder.”

“This Chapel will be a place of beauty. We just have to figure things out. Are there boxes being supplied for moving things from 40th?”

“We need both those grinders going at least 12 hours a day.”

“My son thought the wires in the grooved floors were for heating…..he had never heard of the loop system. It is the latest technology.”


DAY #545

18 Volunteers
1 Contract Carpenter
4 Contract Sheetrockers
1 Contract Electrician
2 HVAC Installers

12feb dick loescher ed zack

One of our chief grinders made an amazing discovery today – the mastic on the Sanctuary floor will NOT require paint removal creating the black goop on clothes, shoes and under fingernails. It seems that when new carpeting was installed by the Scottish Rite, a less stubborn mastic was used. This cuts out a very time consuming and messy step. The new OX was used for the first grind on the Sanctuary floor today and the results were impressive. We love good news.

15feb west womens restrm tile-tThe special order of bull nose trim tile arrived at Jerry’s and most of the top row of trim tile was installed in the women’s west restroom (see photo right). Floor tile was installed in the women’s east restroom. One of the tiler’s hands got so cold working on the floor that she had to get some handwarmers to recover. There was tile polishing too. (PS – the holes in the tile are supposed to be there.)


The crew patched the floor in the Chapel hallway and the hallway of the North entrance, and the first grind is finished on the floor of Room 3. There were two grinders running most of the day – a lovely sound indeed.

12feb class floor repaired needs grinding
(before grinding): classroom floor repaired and ready for first grind
12feb chapel soundproofed temp
chapel temporarily closed to keep noise disturbances down









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(after grinding): same classroom during grinding process


Floor grooving was done in the Library. There was tool repair, tool repair, tool repair. Some of the shop lights are in pieces. Saw blade guides are bent or missing entirely. It’s always a challenge to find a shop vac with all the necessary pieces in the same room. One person fixed a vacuum and the air compressor, organized tools, and patched floors. Another person cleaned goop from the floor. There was sweeping, sweeping, sweeping.

Food was delivered, the kitchen cleaned and dishes washed. The respirators were cleaned, and it is sure nice for the respirator filters to have their own private shop vac. Tonight the sheetrock crew will texture the walls and ceilings in the South entry, South hallway and reception area and will do tweaking on some skylights.

NEEDED: A few people young, or young at heart, to move sections of shelving to the attic. It requires climbing the pull-down stairs in the pantry. They aren’t heavy, just bulky. Can be done night or day.

QUOTES OF THE DAY: Ring, ring, ring….”I couldn’t read your writing on the sign-in sheet. What were you doing with flags?” “Well, the rolling carts with their braces to hold lumber reminded me of galleons, and I thought they needed pirate flags for decoration.”

You never know what you are going to see at the BUUB.

“The building is changing in appearance every day, so if folks haven’t been there recently they should come visit whether they work or not.”

I received the following in an email: “WOW – I can’t believe how gorgeous the floors are shaping up.”

NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS: The BUUB is located within the Jefferson West Neighborhood and tomorrow evening they are hosting a special event for their general meeting:

TUESDAY, February 14, 7:00-9:00 p.m.

First United Methodist Church

1376 Olive Street

Join special guests from:

• Eugene Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC),

• Sustainability Commission,

• Safe Routes to School,

• GEARS Cycling Club

and provide your reaction to, and ideas for, improvement projects that will make cycling and walking in the JWN safer and more fun!

*see also more photos added to Feb.9

Photos from the Open House

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12feb sigrid lambros and floor grinder
bottom of the grinder

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12feb tile cutter
The tile cutter
12feb storage attic
storage in the attic








Workers and cheering squads…


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12feb south entry
South Entry
12feb hvac attic
HVAC in the attic







12feb ponderosa se corner
the “Ponderosa” or southeast entry
12feb occupy restroom
Occupy Restroom


DAY #544

11 Volunteers
42 Open House Visitors

We had a lovely time at the Open House this afternoon, and thanks to the “Secret Pal” who provided treats for one and all, with decorated heart and other cookies, grapes, crackers, humus, and a variety of juices. They certainly added to the festivities. I am in that building every day, and what greeted me today hardly resembled how it looked yesterday afternoon. The corridors were cleared of cords and equipment and now that they have had the first grind by the OX, they look quite uniform and much wider.

The Sanctuary and Social Hall floors had been cleared as well, with all the rolling carts pushed against the wall. Our “banquet table” was the mahogany desk with the glass top called into service. We thought for just one day it could be spared as a work table!

12feb bob martha kaeser floor groovesThree members of the Breakfast Cluub came to learn the fine art of operating the OX grinder and set to work grinding the floors in Rooms 4 and 6. Elsewhere, volunteers cleaned tools, mixed a large bucket of mortar, and set tiles in the East restroom. The Veneta floor-grooving duo (photo right) arrived early and closed down the building with the tour leader. Since the red spray painted room numbers have faded, I can’t say for sure what room they worked in, but I believe it was Room 5. It’s quite a sight as that grooving saw is going full tilt, with one person running the saw and the other following right along with a wet vac sucking up all the water from the operation. And when the vac was full of sludge, she rolled it out to the dumping place. The grooving makes quite a difference in the overall appearance of the room.

Photo below:  Room 6 floor patched and ready for grinding

9feb rm6 patched floor-tQUOTES OF THE DAY: “What a transformation! I used to be so upset about the loss of the stage, but now I see we have so many options, and we can have the stage wherever we want it. I am sure anyone looking for a space to rent will be able to see all kinds of possibilities.”

“I really like how the grooving gives definition and the appearance of expensive tile.”

“Everything looks great. I was here ten days ago and today it looks like an entirely different place.”

“I finally signed up to volunteer.”

“Gee, there isn’t that much money to be raised to get to occupancy. I love pie charts. I better go home and write a check to help with that last $69,000.”


DAY #543

13 Volunteers
1 Visitor

12feb chapel class hallwayThere was a nice assortment of volunteers and by the looks of the building, they must have all been working double time. I can’t figure out where they put everything! The BUUB looks marvelous. The Sanctuary was re-established as a workshop with most of the power equipment moved out of the Social Hall. Thank goodness everything is on wheeled carts!

12feb social hall







12feb sanctuary with bulldozer

Metal was ground out of the floor in several places, tools and cords were repaired. It’s amazing how many handles and blades just disappear into thin air. A truckload of donated shelving was delivered and will be moved to the attic tomorrow when there are younger bodies to cart them up the fold down stairs.

12feb kitchenOne of the electrical spider boxes was re-routed and mounted on the wall so there is no longer so many cables and wires strung across the floor. That flapping plastic “window” on the west wall of the kitchen was removed and it is a lovely improvement.

A visitor stopped by for a tour and got the red carpet treatment by the manipulator who shall remain un-named, who sold her a bill of goods, telling her how zen-like it is running the grinder and how you can just zone out and almost meditate running the machine. He then asked if she would like to try it, and she did. When I stopped by an hour later, she was still “in the zone” working away grinding the floor in Room 3! She had on a respirator and ear protectors, so I wasn’t able to identify who it was, but her work is very much appreciated.

12feb organizedOne volunteer did the magnet sweep for nails and screws, both inside and out. The vacuums and brooms were hard at work, as volunteers attempted to clean up dust from all the activity. Food was delivered for tomorrow’s open house.

Wire was installed in the floor grooves for the loop system in the Library. Large OX grinding was done in the East hallway for the first grind.


QUOTE OF THE DAY: “The first grade of grinding was done in the East hallway and it looks magnificent!”
TOMORROW: O P E N H O U S E – 2 to 4 PM – Light Refreshments

Come watch members of the Breakfast Cluub learn how to run the two OX grinders and remove goop. Check out the new tile in the restrooms, the smooth concrete floors, the sheetrocked walls throughout and the metal roof on the west side of the south entrance. We invite you to come look around. The building is on the chilly side, so dress warm and wear closed toe shoes. We are working our way to occupancy.

USE THE NORTH DOOR UNDER THE PEAKED ROOF – Pay no attention to the hand lettered signs that say Keep Door Closed. Park in the parking lot to the north of the building and walk right in. If you have been to the movies to see The Transformers you might assume they had been working at the BUUB since the last open house.

DAY #542

15 Volunteers
1 Contract Carpenter
3 HVAC Installers
4 Contract Sheetrockers
7 for Chinese Dinner

A fair amount of dismantling took place today – for instance, the counters in the office being used for reading blueprints (I don’t like calling them blueprints, because they are no longer blue and it lets everyone know I am 74!). We are at the point, especially with all the grinding, when we once again need to get rid of everything that might get in the way. With the office being moved into a much smaller space, things are stacked half way to the ceiling in Room 1.

All of the equipment that has been jammed into the Social Hall is being moved back to the Sanctuary now that the texturing has been done in the Sanctuary. There wasn’t enough room in the Social Hall to turn a sheet of plywood or work on long boards, etc. The sign-in sheet indicates that jobs tackled were: sheetrock, floor gooving, cutting a new HVAC return for the south entry, scoop goop, vacuum and sweep, organize, sort screws, move things to storage, and miscellaneous. It was recycling day with a carload of cardboard going byebye and a trip to Schnitzer to drop off 200 pounds of metal paid in $85.90! A bonus for our recycling guru was that Schnitzer gave her a Schnitzer Steel magnet!

One volunteer received an “Award for Heroic Gunking.” The gunk remover we are using from The Green Store is a soy based paint remover. We have found it works much better than the gunk designed to be mastic remover. Most of today’s floor work related to mudding and grouting cracks in the concrete that show up after the gunk is removed, but in the areas where the new grinder was being used, it was impressive to watch. There was a gooper brigade. (There is some disagreement about whether goo, goop, and gunk are the same thing. Each volunteer has their own word, and we try to keep them happy, so no arguments.) We have the Order of the Black Goo, with its own special handshake.

Food was delivered, the kitchen cleaned and dishes washed. One volunteer worked outside picking up all of the debris tossed off the roof yesterday when the metal roof was added to the South entry.


“Every time we move the office, we lose 8% of its contents.”

“Despite our best efforts, the desk with the glass top is being used as a work table.”

“The BUUB is hard on tools, cords, furniture and people.”

“UU Hell is years of scraping goop….perhaps we are doing it now to save us later.”
Chinese Fortune Cookies of the Week: “People are waiting for cues from you. Lead them well.” “A great honor will be bestowed upon you with the coming year.” “Linger over dinner discussions this week for needed advice.” “Your talents will prove to be especially useful this week.”

THANKS to the 30 people who bid on Fred Masarie’s painting last Saturday at the auction and raised $2,780 for the Capital Campaign.

TOMORROW: Ed Zack will be at the BUUB from 9 AM to 4 PM and would welcome some volunteers to help move equipment, repair tools and cords, and do additional cleaning in preparation for our open house on Sunday.

DAY #541

15 Volunteers
1 Contract Carpenter
4 HVAC Installers
1 Contract Electrician
2 Roofers

Susanne Giordano gets another gold star….her photos and exacting measurements showing where all the electrical boxes are were once again called into action. First thing this morning the electrician came unglued because the sheetrockers covered another box. El Viejo grabbed his computer, found that room, and with one hammer blow hit the middle of the box! It’s a miracle. (Susanne wants to add: All thanks goes to Mark Doonan who first suggested we do the photos in the first place, and to El Viejo who seems to have a knack for choosing people for jobs they might enjoy doing!)

There was considerable drama with the new grinder involving many phone calls to the manufacturer to determine why the ox would not work. With some tipping of the machine and crawling around on the dusty floor, a disconnected wire was discovered. So out came the iPhone camera and the underside photo was emailed to the manufacturer. They checked out the location, gave instructions on where it should be connected, and at 3:30 PM a shout went up – WE FIXED THE OX!

9feb myles new ox-tThe grinding both with the used machine and the perimeter grinder continued, with the focus on the East hallway and the grout in Rooms 1 and 2. The new ox was working in Room 4 (photo right: Myles with the new grinder).

Several people worked cleaning up goop and scraping it away. One of the regular grinders is resting a sore shoulder so spent the day trying to find a source of the green mastic remover, since we have exhausted the supply in Eugene.



9feb rich old grinder-t
Rich with the old grinder

The tiling crew continued on the West restroom, and there was tile edge sanding. When you come for the Open House on Sunday from 2-4 PM, be sure to check out all the tile in the restrooms. Once the floor in Room 1 was cleaned after grinding, the Project Office was moved from Room 3. I think this is probably the 5th or 6th time the Project Office has been moved. This time it was necessary so we can grind the floor in Room 3 prior to changing the blades.

The roofers arrived…..they installed the west side metal roof on the South entry. Also working outside was the HVAC crew. One section of ducting had to be moved and there was that narrow passage that nobody wanted to have to crawl into yesterday. Today they were back in the narrow passage moving ducting. It was a nice day to be working outside, with sun and not much wind.

Inside more cords and tools were repaired. Considerable effort was spent cleaning floors and protecting beams, fire sprinklers and other things from being sprayed with texturing material for the walls that will be applied this evening by the sheetrock crew. The images of the electrician and the HVAC crew as they passed by the kitchen on the other side of the plastic “window” looked like a group of musicians with their instrument cases tucked under their arms. I expect those cases were actually tool boxes.

Food was delivered, respirators and the kitchen cleaned, and dishes washed.

QUOTES OF THE DAY: The following were noted on the sign in sheet telling what folks were busy doing:

“grinding and mucking”

“Sheetrock and maintenance”

“Tile – Minus one hour for lunch”

SUNDAY: Open House 2-4 PM – Light refreshments available, an opportunity to see our new grinder in action, the pattern of the grooved floor, the beautiful tile in the restrooms, a newly textured sanctuary, and an opportunity to wander around and ask questions. The Breakfast Cluub will be getting a tutorial on running the grinders and applying goop on the floors, but we plan to have clear paths all around.

DAY #540

20 Volunteers
1 Contract Carpenter
1 Contract Electrician
5 Contract Sheetrockers
2 HVAC Installers
1 HVAC Supervisor
2 Contract Plumbers
1 UPS Delivery
1 Mechanical Engineer

The new grinder situation got worked out to our satisfaction. I don’t understand the lingo entirely, but suffice to say the new grinder is designed to work on either 1-phase or 3-phase systems, and because of the wiring for the HVAC, we do have 3 phase power, and with the help of a 150-foot cable, we are operational. Three-phase uses less electricity. We also compared the price of renting a second machine or purchasing the machine that has been on loan, and the math favored purchasing the loaner. The company guarantees a generous buyback program of both machines when our project is complete. The great thing is we will have two grinders for this weekend and beyond. Members of the Breakfast Cluub are coming on Sunday for a grinding tutorial and we wanted to be ready! The used machine will be used for the first grind and the new machine will be used for only the second and subsequent grinds.

WEEKEND PLAN: Repair and maintenance of tools is the primary goal on Saturday from 9-5. Helpers welcome.

Sunday after Church – Move the office from Room 3 to Rooms 1 and 2 (so the floor is accessible for grinding). Move storage shelves to the attic. Give tutorials to the Breakfast Cluub to get us back in sequence on the floors, with the focus on hallways and offices.

There is an open house for all church members from 2-4 PM on Sunday.

Today, the crew worked at grinding the patches in Rooms 1, 2, 4, and the East hallway. Goop was removed in the East hallway and perimeter edge grinding was done on the West side of the Chapel.

The tiling crew worked in the East and West restrooms, and tile edges were sanded. The plumbers had the water turned off for two hours while they worked in the southwest “pump” room. I heard that having no restroom during that time created a problem, with everyone dancing around in a crisis.

There was more cord repair, respirator cleaning, food delivered, kitchen cleaning and dishes washed. The kitchen floor was wet mopped. Thanks for the loan of a shop vac designated for respirator cleaning!

All those pallets and bags of mortar that were returned yesterday yielded a REFUND from Willamette Graystone of $505.75! The last of the threaded pipes were cleaned with the vice grip/power drill setup, and when the last of the fasteners, etc., are inventoried all will go back for a refund – probably Friday.

Today and tomorrow we expect the sanding and texturing of the Sanctuary to be completed.

NEEDED: A volunteer who is a woodworker to fashion cupboard doors and drawers for some of the open shelved area in the kitchen. Let me know or talk to Ed Zack.

The Aesthetics and Logistics Task Force met this evening to talk about the plan for packing up everything at 40th & Donald and to hear a report from Ed Zack about the amount of long and short term storage that requires floor space or can be stored in the attic. Expect to hear a lot more about this issue. We have the opportunity to acquire a major supply of office type furniture on Monday. A list of desired items has been put together.

It was only 79 degrees in Hawaii today, and Mark was in contact throughout the day about grinders, tile, glass, etc. We had a note from a person who didn’t quite understand what is going on day after day after day. He noted: What kind of construction consultant leaves a job for a vacation no less when the final push for occupancy is happening? It’s no wonder you have cost and time overruns. Good lord, is everyone asleep at the wheel?

I expect everyone who has been slaving away and trying to keep up with Mark day after day as we go for the final push to occupancy would not quite think there is anyone paid or otherwise who has been asleep at the wheel! His is a “working” vacation. We just hope there has been enough warm air and sunshine to recharge the Energizer Bunny!


“Today was pretty hectic. It’s a hard slog.”

We overheard the following from the HVAC crew when viewing a small crawl space that needed to be accessed to do some work:

First Installer: “I’m not going up there.”

Second Installer: “I’m not going up there.”

Supervisor: “I’m not going up there, so you guys are going up there.”


The new Levetec floor grinder arrived today! 


DAY #539

17 Volunteers
1 Contract Carpenter
1 Contract Electrician
1 Security Installer
1 Grinder Delivery

The big news of the day was the arrival of the new grinder, but our hopes were dashed as we discovered it is a 3-phase rather than a 2-phase machine. It is lovely, and the wooden box surrounding its shipment was impressive. Thank goodness for the Bob Kinyon donated fork lift to get the grinder out of the delivery truck. What would we have done without it all these months? Unfortunately, Mark Doonan was not within shouting distance of his cell phone, so we weren’t able to determine whether he had meant to order a 3-phase grinder. We can’t plug a 3-phase machine into our electrical spider boxes. So no two grinder work this week.

We have already put 300 hours on the floor grinding machine on loan from Levetec! It is a real work horse (or ox!).

There have been no HVAC technicians this week because the whole crew is sick! I hope they didn’t get pneumonia working in our meat locker cold storage building. I guess our volunteers come from stronger stock.

7feb_groovy_board_member-tFloor grinding continued in the east hallway and grooves were cut in the Library. Our “groovy” board member began working at 10 AM and was still there at 6 PM, using a flashlight in the darkened room (see photo right). El Viejo finally came along and unplugged the saw! I stopped by at 7:45 AM to drop off the shared computer power cord and one person was already on the job operating a jackhammer on metal pipes in the floor. As the day progressed, he worked at patching holes in Rooms 2, 4,5,6,7 and the hall around the Chapel.

There was tool repair, tool repair, tool repair – especially cords, cords, cords. We had to buy six more cord ends. Our Doorman is a man of all trades. He figured out a clever way to clean the threads on many leftover pipes that had gotten clogged with gunk over time, but, if clean, could be returned to the supplier for a refund. He put a hand drill in a vice grip. The drill had a round wire brush attached, and he just turned on the drill and ran the threads of the pipe over the wire brush – and they came out clean as a whistle!

Another volunteer brought her pickup truck and made several runs to Willamette Graystone to return wood pallets and bags of waterproofing mortar sealant for a hefty refund! We love getting money back.

The tile crew was busy in the east restrooms. Thanks to the continuing generosity of two members of our congregation for donating all the ceramic tile for the restrooms. One person worked at sanding tiles to make them more uniform.

Correction: The work on the “doghouse” yesterday was not related to the roof structure and storage. The “doghouse” is that temporary, plywood box like structure to the west of the kitchen door. The desk and other items that had been stored on the back “porch” were moved into the doghouse.
SATURDAY will be a work day between 9 AM to 5 PM – There is beam sanding on the east entrance (The Ponderosa), floor grinding, goop removal, and lots of cleanup. It was noted at the BPOC meeting last night that we could use three times as many volunteers as we have now – and we know some people are not available weekdays. So here is your chance to jump right in.
NEEDED: A working vacuum with all its pieces and easily usable for the respirator cleaning station. Does anyone have a small shop vac or Dirt Devil kind to try? Needs good suction. It would be good to have a “respirator only” vacuum for cleaning the white filters. Please let me know.

The computer cord thief has now admitted he has two cords in Hawaii. For this, he is being punished. It hasn’t rained on Molokai in three months and there was to be NO chance of rain. So as he was busy pouring concrete, a typhoon of driving rain passed over his work area. It rained so hard the concrete splashed onto the faces of the workers and created a horrible mess. I guess this is his idea of a vacation. I bet working in a cold meat locker is sounding pretty good to him about now.


“My shoulder and neck are shot….must be the grinder.”

“That new grinder is the Zamboni of grinders, with a reclining seat, drink holders, and a parasol on top.”

About half of the Tuesday birding group are BUUB volunteers. They are allowed to have the morning off, but look for any excuse to go to breakfast. This morning we observed a yellow-rumped warbler. I mentioned that their nickname is: “butterbutt”, to which one of the birders said, “Ah, butter on pancakes, let’s go to breakfast.” That’s all the nine of us needed to head straight to the Daily Bread in Veneta.

Another volunteer shared an article about a truckload of sauerkraut in Germany that overturned on a highway and it immediately froze to the road surface causing all kinds of harm and accidents during morning rush hour. She commented: “Well, I suppose there could be worse gunk to scrape.”

DAY #538

17 Volunteers
1 Contract Carpenter
1 Contract Electrician
1 Security Installer
1 Acoustical Engineer
7 Attend BPOC Meeting
2 Contract Carpenter Visitors*

Susanne Giordano gets a gold star for some work she did several months ago. Prior to the insulation going in and then being covered with drywall, she walked around the entire building taking hundreds of digital photos and then measuring and mapping out the location of every single junction box, wall plug, etc., on a very precise grid. — just in the remote possibility that we might need to know that ‘someday’. Well, guess what – that someday was today. The electrician “lost” two boxes when they got covered with drywall by mistake. Because of Susanne’s good work, the two boxes were found within 20 minutes!

One volunteer opened and closed the “doghouse” – one of the roof elements which has allowed the interim storage of some items we had to get out of the warehouse. I’m not quite sure what the backstory is, but as I understand it, things were moved today. We also moved scaffolding.

The tile installation crew worked in the east restrooms, and one new recruit learned that when installing wall tile, gravity plays a role….. One person sanded tile edges.

There was floor preparation and grinding on several fronts. Reminiscent of crumbs spread in the woods, there was a line of the self leveling concrete in the north corridor with barriers marking its existence so unsuspecting BPOC members arriving for a meeting didn’t plant their big feet in the wet concrete. It all relates to chopping out more metal elements in the concrete which slowed things down. We have discovered that if the pipes are brass or copper they are easier to deal with (and we can sell what we cut out!)

The large and perimeter grinders were going all day and we expect delivery on the new grinder any day – and then we will have two going….
WE STILL NEED MORE VOLUNTEERS – despite the number looking like we had many volunteers today, some were bringing food, cleaning the kitchen and washing dishes — all very important, but we need more floor preparation people and the grinder going more hours — especially when we have two.
PLEASE if you are part of the crew washing respirators – we ask that you use the sink on the northwest wall of the kitchen, not the dishwashing area. The respirators have tar-like material that has ruined several of our dishwashing brushes that had to be tossed out.
* The two carpenters dropped off two 22 foot long stainless steel rails so we can hook up a nice long system for guiding the grooving saw. It will be nice not having to reset the saw every 8 feet.

Grout was added to the floor grooves in Room 1. Last night the sheetrockers added texture to the office walls and did further sanding and patching of drywall. There is about 10% of the drywall work to go.

It was 85 degrees in Molokai today, and Mark did BUUB work related to refining the sizes needed for glass and getting an update on progress of drywall, tile and grinding. I guess he wants to make sure we are not slackers!

The meeting with the acoustical engineer related to the type of system we are seeking, the various needs for c  hurch and rental events, and how the system could be installed in increments depending on the money available.


“I made a gawdawful mess.” “I did concrete gooscraping and grinding.”

“The tie dye color from the BUUB is called black tar.”

“When we are done with this project, we can burn all our work clothes.”

DAY #537


I stopped by to check on the BUUB this afternoon to make sure I hadn’t missed anyone who might have signed in. The sheet was blank.

Congratulations to the Service Auction Team and all those who donated fun and games and those who did the bidding. The event raised something over $6,000, but as of this morning the final number was still unknown.

The date of April 20 has been set for an open house for Tourism Lane County members and friends.

The next open house at the BUUB is next Sunday, February 12 from 2-4 PM.
TOMORROW is a full work day and we can use as many people as show up. I had a question today about how people who work during the day can sign up on the white board in the project office. Just call or email me, and I will make sure the name gets added. Please use my personal email rather than newhome. judie310hansen@comcast.net.

One person commented on my entry yesterday about the amount of “acres” the grinders will cover in the Sanctuary. He said: “Not to mention the grinder’s achers!” hahahahahaha

And another, with a great sense of humor, wrote a piece about grinding…..always good to have such fun content on an otherwise slow news day:

“Don the gear:
Chic Hat
Mickey Mouse ears
Big-eyed alien respirator

Assume the position:
Behind the behemoth.

Slowly, slowly, the pace of the ox
the water buffalo
Follow the plow horse
Follow the ox
Clean its feet, collect its waste,
feed it salmon.

Remote from place and time
in this world but barely of it
Follow the ox, the mule, the tiller, the mower –
a line since the beginning of agriculture
the beginning of time almost.

Spread seeds, or sand
Follow ox, or grinder
Reap sheaves, or sweep.

Float above the rink on
a quarter inch of compressed noise.”

Thanks to the author — perhaps she will sign her work the next time.

DAY #536

2 Volunteers*
1 Construction Consultant**

*These two were wrestling a van load of assorted metal brackets, braces, superstruts, anchors, fasteners, etc., that will be sorted, bagged, matched with old paperwork and then returned to the supply company for $$$$$.

**The construction consultant was reviewing plans for the glass enclosures while sitting on the beach in Molokai — temperature 85 degrees. It’s a tough life. He denies taking the iBook charging cord for his office mate’s computer.

To the best of my knowledge, we haven’t had anyone volunteer to haul the pallets back to Willamette Graystone for a refund. If this has already happened, please let me know.

I’m grateful to everyone who asks me for clarification on some of the things I write about. For instance, “What do you mean by “drilling metal out of the floor”? The Answer:

In almost every room, the Scottish Rite had buried conduit or plugs for electrical or sound equipment. In order to have a flat surface and a smooth finish, all of that old metal has to be cut out of the concrete and then a new concrete patch poured.

Last week the question: “I can’t picture ‘grooves’. You say there is a mile of grooves needed in the sanctuary and that Bob Kaeser is plotting a grid for grooves. What the heck does this mean? Are the grooves deep? Are they wide? Are they permanent (to avoid slippery floors)? How do they coordinate with all the grinding?”

Answer: You should stop by and see the grooves in room 1. The grooves are less than an inch deep. They will hold wires to provide a loop system so those with a hearing impairment can use equipment to enhance their ability to hear in every room of the building. Once the wire is installed it will be covered with grout. The result is a floor that appears to have 4-foot-square terrazzo flooring. In other words, there will be a pattern in the floor. The grooves are put in after the first two grinds are done, so they don’t fill up with gunk during the grinding. (There is a photo of the grooved pattern in Room 1 on the Church website with last Sunday’s 400 days entry, January 29.)

At Chinese dinner there was a question about how many acres the grinders will cover when the floors are done? Here is the answer offered by one of our members:

To answer your question from dinner last night regarding how many acres grinders would cover by the time the floors are done, it is approximately 2.18 acres with 5 grinds and 5.67 acres if you account for the 13 steps Ed Zack mentioned. Happy grinding!

Thanks to the wonderful generosity of those attending the service auction tonight, a reverse bidding exercise raised $2,550 for the BUUB Capital Campaign Fund! Everyone was invited to bid on a beautiful watercolor painting of our present church building by Fred Masarie that will hang in the new building in the future. The bidding began at $500 and the final bid was $5.

By the time I left the auction, the final tally of the amount raised by the service auction was not available. Thanks to Co-Chairs Sue Craig, Betty Hosakawa, and Martha Osgood and their fine support team, the auction was a fun evening with tasty food and delightful items up for auction. The money raised goes to the Church General Fund.

Be sure to come see the Loverly Sisters tomorrow at the 11 AM service.

DAY #535

17 Volunteers
1 Contract Carpenter
3 HVAC Technicians
2 Contract Security System Installers
1 Church Treasurer
3 Visitors
9 for Chinese dinner

Rather than getting to the nitty grindy right off, I will highlight some other activities of the day. One volunteer used an old fashioned tool, called a broom, to remove the first layer of mud from the project office floor and conducted a survey to see if anyone could guess how much it would produce…..the result was 2-1/2 cups of grit. And then she vacuumed the floor and it looks glorious. While she was at it, she scrubbed the restroom and respirators, then hauled a load to various recycling locations. Food was delivered, the kitchen cleaned and dishes washed. There was a lot of office work and general maintenance noted.

Several iBook cords for charging were delivered – the connector needs to be the magnetic style. The one available is “shared custody,” so if there is one available full time for the next week, that would be lovely. Speaking of the cord thief, he sent a few text messages from Hawaii to report he had received the blueprints, but made no apology for stealing computer cords. There was a woman playing a ukulele during Chinese dinner, which made us think of the cord thief. *grin*

The Security System company worked at running wires. Our volunteers were able to get the loop system wires installed in Room 1 and began with the grout. Each step offers new challenges.

6feb_remove_goop_south_entry-tThere was major effort on removing old mastic by applying goop and then scraping it off. One volunteer was extremely efficient and was able to take care of a large area in a short amount of time. There is an enormous amount of black goop to deal with and the crew would welcome more help in preparing the floors so the grinding can continue. (Photo right: removing goop at the south entry.)

And speaking of grinding, we discovered the reaction of the grinder on the old concrete is way different than the grinder on these new patches, so the grinder blades have to be changed depending on which kind of concrete is being worked on.

Grinding was done in the east corridor and the south entry, and the west end hallway behind the Chapel. The corridors in general have a new name for reference, but nobody at dinner could remember what that name is. Additional metal cuts were made in the floor in Room 2. Gretchen the Grinder is happy to teach newcomers how to scrape goop and run the grinder. Perimeter grinding continues.

Several people cut and polished tile and more was laid in the east restroom floors, and the walls in the women’s west restroom. The sheetrock crew will finish the east corridor and sand the sanctuary walls, and install the ceiling in the west restroom.

There is NO “official” work day tomorrow, but if you have a key and want to come clean up the premises, that would be great.

For those who have not yet sent in a Chalice Lighter pledge, you might consider tossing in a little extra this time. Everything donated between now and March 5th will come to UUCE to support the BUUB and purchase a movable stage and lift.


“I’d rather clean brick than scrape gunk off the floors.”

“We are not changing the seat covers on the car until we get done with the black gunk.”

“Your knee pads are too low to protect your knees!” “I need bigger knees to hold them up.” (I’ve never known a woman who wanted bigger knees….)

FORTUNE COOKIES TONIGHT: “Remember three months from this date. Good things are in store for you.” “Avoid unchallenging occupations.”

DAY #534

18 Volunteers
1 Contract Carpenter
1 Contract Electrician
2 HVAC Technicians
1 Tile Technician
6 Contract Drywall Installers
6 Visitors

NEEDED: The use of an American-size pickup truck to:

(1) deliver the pile of wood pallets to Willamette Graystone — we get money for them.

(2) Pick up 20 sheets of 8-foot-long sheetrock. (If we don’t buy at least $1,000 worth, they charge $90 to deliver.)

(3?) The 9-day loan of a charging cord for a Mac iBook. (That scamp Mark took all the charging cords with him to Hawaii….but we have his iPhone charger…)

The volunteer tiling crew did two courses of the north and south walls of the women’s southwest restroom. This will be repeated on the east and west walls tomorrow.

The morning was spent taking down all of that ugly scaffolding outside around the south entrance. I particularly noticed that the tacky plastic hanging from the roof had been removed. By the time the metal roof is added it will be a handsome sight.

And guess what? There was grinding! The hall perimeters were worked on and the big machine worked on the south corridor and by the south entrance. This scenario will be repeated every day for several months. A large area by the south entrance got a thick coating of goop and tomorrow someone will be on hands and knees scraping it off, with the hope the old mastic will come right off with it. It is a nasty job.

It was particularly interesting to watch the filling of holes in the floor with metal, quick dry, leveling concrete. It leaves a beautiful smooth finish. This process is necessary to fill in all the places where we have drilled out metal.

There was a lot of sweeping and cleaning, routine maintenance, refilling paper dispensers, sorting of nails and screws, cleaning of the scissor lift, drilling metal out of the floor, along with delivery of food, cleaning of the kitchen, and dishes washed.

REMEMBER: Chinese dinner tomorrow at 5:30 PM at the Fortune Inn, 1775 SW 6th.

Only three volunteers have signed in to work tomorrow. We need more.

Steve the carpenter just learned that when he welcomes his first child later this year, it will be a boy!


“I have alligator hands from tile cement.”

“If you like to play in mud, you can squish tiles into the mastic on floors or walls.”

“We can teach you how to not break tile with the diamond drill.”

“Somehow, I hurt in parts of me in places of which I was not acutely aware before.”

DAY #533

19 Volunteers
2 Contract Carpenters
1 Contract Electrician
6 Contract Drywallers
3 HVAC Technicians
1 HVAC Supervisor
4 Visitors
1 Restroom Partition Representative

All of the tiling is done in the men’s northwest restroom, without grout. The crew has moved to the East restrooms and began on the floors. The walls in the women’s southwest restroom are waiting for sheetrock (tonight) and then they will begin adding tile.

All of the steel posts and old wooden posts are GONE from the East entrance and the new beams and posts are hanging in all their glory! The paint is being stripped from the old wood beams. The carpenters were also framing ahead of the sheetrock crew. The electrician was running wires for the East entrance door release.

perimeter grinding

The floor grinding is going magnificently, and the crew has done the first grind for the hallways around the Chapel. They are doing the first grind on as many areas as we can while we still have the loaner grinder and so we don’t have to change the cutter blades until we are all done with the first go around. Our very own brand spanking new grinder is due any day now. When I collected this report, by phone, from Portland, I heard that we could use 20 more volunteers every day.

BIG THANKS to everyone who arrived early in the day and helped move EVERYTHING out of the Sanctuary into the Social Hall. (See Today’s Quotes!) There was perimeter grinding on floors, the doorman puttied and painted doors, and one person spent the day grinding the edges of tiles. There was gobs of tool repair—a constant challenge. The HVAC team did a short test run of the A/C unit that sits in the old boiler room to see how noisy it is to run, and it was surprisingly quiet. Oh, and there was respirator washing. Food was delivered, the kitchen cleaned, and dishes washed.

“The only thing in the Sanctuary is the Kubota tractor, and the room is so big it makes the tractor look like a toy.” “The empty Sanctuary looks like a football field.” “It is empty and huge.”

“The Social Hall is so stuffed with things from the Sanctuary it reminds me of a Jerry’s on a tool sale day.”

Mark called from Hawaii complaining about how cold it was. “Only a high of 81 degrees today.” He wanted to have the plans for the glass enclosures sent to him overnight so he could talk to the contractors in Oregon while he was gone…

I had a bad dream last night.       I was sitting in my driveway being cross-examined by a member of the Finance Committee admonishing me for spending too much money on the BUUB and letting the project take too long. He said usually for a project like this, all aspects of the church would be shut down completely and then the job would get done in half the time. He wanted me to justify what I had done. I told him all the backup material was in our garage, and I couldn’t get it for him because I had a leopard in the garage that I was afraid of. And because our garage was so full of stuff for the next Clutterbusting sale the leopard had too many places to hide.      Thank goodness, I woke up!

Written on the sign-in sheet several times: “Who made the chili? It was yummy.” I can’t say it often enough – the Break Room Dancers have been doing an outstanding job, day after day. Just imagine what it would be like to fix such a wonderful variety of tasty food for 532 days in a row! Thank you Dancers and your dedicated organizer.

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